Category: Caleb Thielbar

October 12, 2023

It’s over: 2023 season ends as Twins lose game, series to Houston

The offense disappeared for the second straight night and Houston did just enough to edge the Twins 3-2 on Wednesday to advance to the American League Championship Series and make it an all-Texas affair, Astros versus Rangers. What happened to these Twins the past two games? They reverted to their regular season form by striking... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2023

Just call him Mr. Clutch: Lewis lifts Twins to 3-1 win, team snaps postseason losing streak

Carlos Correa and Michael A. Taylor made terrific defensive plays on Tuesday, but the hero was rookie Royce Lewis who again displayed a knack for coming up huge in big moments by hitting not one but two home runs to lead the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2023

Twins swept by Brewers. Here comes Texas, folks

A key error, an infield hit and that was all the Milwaukee Brewers needed in the end to walk-off the Twins in extra innings 8-7 and sweep the two-game series. The Cleveland Guardians were idle on Wednesday because their game against the Dodgers was suspended because of rain. It is now set to resume Thursday... Continue Reading »

August 19, 2023

Strong pitching, bloop hits earn Twins a Game 1 win over Bucs

The Twins were slow to start on Friday, but they finally got on the board with a two-run home run, then tacked on three more runs via some unlikely RBI hits to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1. That was more than enough runs for Twins pitching. Starter Pablo Lopez pitched six shutout innings, Griffin Jax... Continue Reading »

August 14, 2023

Twins win 3-0 to take series from Phillies

Well, call it what it is: a two-game winning streak and a series win for the Twins over the Philadelphia Phillies. This one belonged to the pitching staff. Starter Sonny Gray pitched six scoreless innings with three walks and seven strikeouts, then a relief corps of Griffin Jax, Caleb Thielbar, Emilio Pagan and Jhoan Duran... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2023

Here comes the rooster: Wallner walks it off, Twins sweep Snakes

Poring over the Twins’ August schedule, I saw nothing but foul weather in the form of teams such as the Texas Rangers and others that just might be too much for a club clinging to a slim lead in the American League Central division. But here we are, a few games into the new month,... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2023

The Twins look like a .500 team to me

The Twins snapped a five-game losing streak this week with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and then they reverted to form by losing 7-3 Wednesday, once again showing that this team is only good enough to sustain the most modest of winning streaks. In this case, one game. And before the Twins... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2023

More games against the Twins is all the White Sox needed, apparently

Coming off a convincing series win over the Kansas City Royals, the Twins seemed poised to keep on winning in Chicago against a White Sox team that has accomplished little so far this season. But after two games, it is the White Sox celebrating their first series win of 2023, while the Twins’ two losses... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2023

Losing streak stands at 2 games after bullpen collapses

Twins starter Pablo Lopez made a triumphant return to Miami on Wednesday, allowing just a run over seven innings with eight strikeouts. Trevor Larnach hit an RBI single to tie the contest at 1-1 late in the game, and then Lopez was gone and the ball was in the hands of the bullpen. It did... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.